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Retired Geologist Predicted EPA Failure in Letter to Editor Published Only Days Before Gold King Mine Disaster

While national news media outlets have been slow to take notice of Dale Hamilton’s letter to the editor of the Silverton (Colo.) Standard newspaper about the Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado, Zero Hedge, was not.

Click on image above to read Zero Hedge article.

Click on image above to read Zero Hedge article.

On Wednesday, as part of the Zero Hedge mission “to widen the scope of financial, economic and political information available to the professional investing public,” the site’s editors asked a headline-shaping question — Did The EPA Intentionally Poison Animas River To Secure SuperFund Money? — that caught my attention for several reasons.

For starters, I was attracted to the story, because I tend to smell a “rat” anytime the EPA is involved in anything. Here’s the link to the EPA’s official statement regarding the disaster.

On a more personal and emotional note, however, I care about the health of such rivers, because I spent some of the best times of my life as a youngster on summer vacations, fly fishing for brownie and rainbow trout on the Conejos River of southern Colorado.

My interest grew when I learned Environmental Restoration LLC, the EPA contractor said to be involved in the disaster, is from Fenton, Mo., according to a piece in the Wall Street Journal (subscription required).

Finally, the fact that my father is, like Hamilton, a retired geologist also played a role in drawing me to this story. After reading Hamilton’s letter to the editor that was printed in the Silverton, Colo., newspaper only days before the disaster took place, I suspect my dad might secretly consider its author a superhero. But only secretly, because dad isn’t much into idolizing folks.

What, exactly, did Hamilton write in his letter? In short, he warned that the EPA’s “grand experiment” would fail and, in the long run, result in the federal government’s environmental watchdogs having to declare the Animas River area where the disaster took place only days later an EPA Superfund Site, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.

Stay tuned for more about this disaster, because I suspect it’s gonna blow up in somebody’s face.

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